Are you creating backups of your Power Apps? just in case someone damages the app or accidentally deletes the app? Do you export each app and keep the files somewhere secure?
In Power Apps you can also use the backup option to keep a copy of all your apps in an Environment.
The option only exists when you have created a Common Data Service database.
Also the default environment doesn’t have the backup option available.
This might be another good reason not to develop your apps in the default environment.
To create the backup simply select the environment and then go for create.
Then you can give your backup a name
And your backup will be created. When this is done successfully you will get a green bar confirming the success.
When you click on the see your backups or on the Restore link in the menu you will get to your overview of the backups.
using the restore option you can now restore your apps to your environment.
Ok, this is good.
But now the troubles started for me.
Ok, so I can create a backup, but I can’t restore it. The link in the pink message actually gave me the clue.
Can I restore to a production environment?
In order to prevent accidental overwrites, we don’t allow users to directly restore to a production environment. To restore to a production environment, first switch it to a sandbox environment. See Switch an environment. Note that changing an environment type to sandbox will immediately reduce backup retention to 7 days. If you do not need backups (restore points) older than 7 days, then you can safely switch the type. If you think you may need restore points older than 7 days, we strongly recommend that you keep the environment as production and consider restoring to a different environment of type sandbox.
This of course is a nice safety blanket.
You will have to create a Sandbox environment first (if you haven’t got one)
When I completed the form
Once you have created your sandbox environment you can restore your environment and recover your apps.
Like mentioned in the comments below, you might think that you will need a CDS in your environment. Well that is indeed right. Have you noticed that when you create your first Approval flow that a CDS is created automatically? So all you would need to do is create one approval flow and your backup option is available. You can of course also just simply create a CDS data base manually.